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Three Music Medicine Research Symposia, November 8 & 10, 2013

by Various Writers

Dr. Lee Bartel, Professor and Associate Dean of Research – Faculty of Music, U of T, and Acting Director of the Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC), University of Toronto. Click for more information on MaHRC,its vision and goals.

For the first time, the Music Care conference will offer a rich array of research-oriented, topical symposia, as a result of the collaboration with the University of Toronto, Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC). The three topics for the symposia are potent for music care and include:

Music and Neurological Rehabilitation

  • November 8, 2013 1:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Tanz Neuroscience Building, University of Toronto

Music is proving to have an important role in stroke rehabilitation, in alleviating symptoms with Parkinson’s, in arousing consciousness and memory in Alzheimer’s. Further research into even more precise applications are underway and will be described at the symposium on Music and Neurological Rehabilitation.

Music Medicine and Quality of Life

  • November 10, 2013, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Walter Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto

Many people have experienced the mood “lift” we get from music and this can be refined and systematically explored. Approaches will be presented in the Music and Quality of Life Symposium.

Music Medicine and Pain

  • November 10, 2013, 1:30 – 5:00 pm
  • Walter Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto

Music can serve as a distraction and thus minimize pain perception but recent research at MaHRC points to a much more foundational theory for the effect of sound on neurogenic pain like Fibromyalgia. This research will be shared at the Music and Pain Symposium.

Not your typical academic research conferences, these symposia seek to strike a balance between looking at the latest research in the field, but also looking forward to application and future research.

Each symposium will review the “state of the art” in research in each field, present current research studies underway, and each end with a discussion moderated by noted Toronto rehab cardiologist Dr. David Alter focusing on future directions in music medicine research.

A panel of international experts in music and health will discuss possibilities for music in that field. Featured presenters include:

Russell Hilliard PhD, LCSW, LCAT,MT-BC is the National Director of Supportive Care, Research, and Ethics of Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care based out of Chicago, IL and the Founder of the Center for Music Therapy in End of Life Care. He is the author of the text, Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapy: A Guide to Program Development and Clinical Care.

Vera Brandes Director of the Research Program in Music-Medicine, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria. Vice-President of the International Association for Music & Medicine. Her research has been highly successful in depression and is currently working on pain as well as Alzheimers.

Jaakko Erkkilä is Professor of Music Therapy at the Department of Music at the University of Jyväskylä (UJy, Finland). He has a qualification of psychotherapist and he is trained as a music therapist from Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland) and UJy. He has lead an International group of universities in a creative study of the impact of engaging in improvisation on depression.

Dr. Ralph Spintge MD Director of the Department of Algesiology and Interdisciplinary Pain Medicine and the Regional Pain Centre DGS as well as Professor of MusicMedicine at Sportklinik Hellersen, Lüdenscheid University for Music and Drama HfMT Hamburg; President of the International Society for Music in Medicine; Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Music & Medicine. He will present an overview of music and pain research.

Joanne Loewy DA, LCAT, MT-BC. Director of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine, New York; Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Music & Medicine.

To register and for session details visit www.musiccareconference.ca